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  • eightyeight
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    Got a pass this Saturday and heard there’s some good riding to be had in Delamere if you know where to look.

    Any one out for a right that wouldn’t mind showing round an out of towner?

    Cheers,

    You were misled.
    Lots of the good bits have been trashed, while the remainder is like the somme.

    badllama
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    I know bits, but not what you call “in the know” I’m sure some one else will come a long with more experience, if not more than wiling to show you what I know on Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

    On above comment we went round at Christmas looked like creatures from the black lagoon when we got back to the car ๐Ÿ˜ฏ VERY MUDDY

    eightyeight
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    Thanks chaps.

    Well it’s sunny today, so I guess there might be a chance of it drying up a litte…?!

    badllama, that sounds good. And I guess if someone does come along with more experience you could join us?

    Just looking for somewhere to cover 20-25k, with DH-ish sections (basically trying too late to train for a gravity enduro!)

    It generally takes about 3 months of drought for Delamere to dry up “a little” ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Also the DH sections there are really short unless you go on old pale, and at the weekend thats basically inviting hassle.

    eightyeight
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    Cheers Adam. Just have been to all my local places (Gisburn, Lee Quarry, Llandegla) quite a lot recently, so was looking for somewhere different.

    Back to the drawing board…

    Premier Icon ricardo666
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    Ride up to the masts at old pale, there a nice downhill track if you can find the gap in the hedge.

    Premier Icon buck53
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    Could you try somewhere like Hebden Bridge where the local bike shop/loads of people on here can give you a route?Calderdale in particular would be great training for a gravity enduro, it’s steep enough!

    eightyeight
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    Buck – thanks. I’ve fancied Hebden Bridge for a while so might just head up there.

    Again, if there’s anyone who wants to show me around it would be much appreciated.

    mmel
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    I would but unfortunately I’m off at Cotic land testing their finest 8)

    tops 5
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    I was at Delamere a couple of weeks ago – we did 20ish miles on mainly singletrack without doing anything twice.

    It was riding really well and there hasn’t been much rain since – can imagine the good stuff would be hard to find if you don’t know the place though

    Premier Icon buck53
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    I would have joined you, but Saturday is no good for me, I’d have to work itout of a guide book and I’m way too slow to keep up with anyone training for gravity enduros! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    eightyeight
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    Bucks – rest assured you wouldn’t be!

    I guess I’ll start looking at some maps then…

    The area round Colden looks ok.

    mmel – where is Cotic land, out of interest?

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    It was riding really well and there hasn’t been much rain since

    Er, its been a mudfest… last week was bl00dy awful.

    I know it like the back of my hand fella, but sadly I’m out Saturday..

    I’m there most nights, so if you ever fancy night riding then just sing out.

    As for Maps? No need- and I don’t think they show the best bits just follow your nose its hard to get lost, but remeber that its on a cross roads, so you can get confused when you come out on the road before heading to the other sides..

    tops 5
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    Er, its been a mudfest… last week was bl00dy awful

    It was riding really well on Sunday 24/02/13 at 09.22 AM ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s dried out a hell of a lot in there and has been riding really well for the last couple of weeks. Mainly ridden around the Old Pale, Nettleford Wood, Primrose wood area (Primrose was ace last week). Sure, there’s a few boggy bits and haven’t ventured over to the far side of the forest for a while (near the old hospital etc), but on the whole it’s about as good as it’s been in the last 6 months.
    We’re out tonight if you fancy tagging on?

    eightyeight
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    Teetosugars – Thanks. Just to make sure we’re still talking about Delamere not Hebden Bridge there? Would be well keen for a night ride, but being based in Manchester and a slave to the Maaaaaaaaaan, I wouldn’t get down there for a sensible time.

    It seems no one is out this Saturday, didn’t think the rugby started till 4?!

    Mudefest or no, think I’ll play it safe and head to Hebden for a look around.

    eightyeight
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    Rick – again thanks, but it would have to be a late one as i’m about an hour away. Not out an about on Saturday by any chance?

    mmel
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    mmel – where is Cotic land, out of interest

    Somewhere in darkest Derbyshire, not too sure but tomtom knows. Quite excited.

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    Aye, still talking about Delamere..

    I live in Sandiway, which is one of the next villages to Delamere, you could always head to mine, and we can ride in? Theres a nice 8km route in from my front door that takes in the old Railway line straight into the woods.

    Drop me an email and I’m sure we can get something squared away.

    Premier Icon buck53
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    I’m Manchester based as well, so feel free to look me up another time,I can normally do most weekends with enough notice. Really don’t underestimate how slow/fat/crap I am though!

    Hebden should be OK as far as conditions go, tends to drain quite well in my (relatively limited) experience.

    eightyeight
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    Teetosugars – thanks have emailed.

    Premier Icon Teetosugars
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    Just in from the woods tonight… Was running really nicely, gloopy in parts, but surprisingly dry in others..

    Great fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon colp
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    On the subject of Old Pale, I did a few hours work up there on Thursday to start sorting drainage on our old track. Cleared some brambles to make a side route past the muddiest bit. I’ll do a bit more next week.
    It needs the drainage I’ve done widening a bit, the slop scooping out from the track, then use the piles of earth I’ve made at the side to raise the track a bit and hard pack it down, if anyone has a few hours to spare?

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